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Cheap and Free Things To Do This Weekend 5th - 6th August


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The Great Gin Fair at House Dublin 
Doors open from 12pm-8pm followed by a late bar. 
Join us from midday on the August Bank Holiday Sunday as we transform House Dublin in to the most marvellous gin emporium, where our Great Gin Fair will showcase more than 80 incredible gins from home and abroad for you to choose from. Our Great Gin Fair will also boast dozens of bespoke gin pop-up bars, guaranteeing that you’ll find the perfect gin for your tonic!
Those who are new to gin need not worry, as each one of our wonderful pop- up bars will be manned by some of the most talented bartenders (and craziest self-confessed gin aficionados) Ireland has to offer, so you can be assured they will happily point you in the right direction.
All of our gin pop bars will be operating with our very own special currency called Junipers, you can purchase these in House on the day. For 7 Junipers (€7) you can purchase any measure of gin and tonic as well as the perfect garnish to enhance and refresh. 
6th August
Free admission
Blues, Roots & Brass Festival
The Dublin Blues, Roots and Brass festival returns for it's 4th year, bringing some of the best and most unique acts from around the country to perform at this free entrance festival August bank holiday weekend. August 4th- August 6th. 
"The Blues is Bold, The Brass is Gold, there are stories to be told" 
The Dublin Blues, Roots and Brass festival is annual event happening in Whelan's on wexford street, Dublin 2 in the Camden Quarter district of the city. This years festival is supported by the good guy's in Failte Ireland, the music enthusiasts at O'Hara's Irish craft brewery and IMRO the back bone of Irish music makers. 
The Dublin Blues Roots and Brass festival have left no stone unturned in its search to program a festival that will leave the festival goers asking for more. This years festival line up is quirky, brilliant and simply vast in its exploration through the catalogue of these three distinctive genres. 
4th 5th 6th  August
Free Admission        
Meditation on the beach
I am so delighted to invite you for our last meditation meeting during this summer on Portmarnock Beach with the Silva Method Ireland. We are after two meetings and we have still one to go - 1st Saturday of August at 9 am. Entry is FREE. The Silva Method is a simple, practical, easy to learn toolkit, designed to train you to make better use of your mental processes. Over 6 million people in 110 countries in nearly 50 Years – including Scientists, Doctors, Artists and Entrepreneurs – have used the Silva Method® to experience a life beyond the ordinary and what meditation backed by four decades of research can do. More information about the benefits of using the Silva Method you can find here: This time we are going to develop and work with our intuition. Intuition is more than trainable. It’s a natural skill! We’re all born with it - but, like any skill, it has to be developed and practiced – or it doesn’t stick. Please bring with yourself your enthusiasm and open mind to experience something new.
5th August
Free admission
Beer Garden Party 
Live music in the beer garden from 5pm. Kids entertainment
6th August
Free admission
Auction in aid of Arklow RNLI in Memory of Lenny Hughes
The Hughes Family are running this fundraiser for Arklow Lifeboat in Jack Whites on Sunday the 6th August starting at 8.30pm. Please support this event in memory of Lenny Hughes.
Free bus leaving Bridge Street, Arklow at 7.30pm & 8.00pm
Free Finger Food and Free Music
Raffle Ticket Draws and other Events on the night!!
6th August
Free admission
Busking Competition
All ages & all types of music welcome. 
Application forms are available in The Loch Garman Arms. 
Judging on the day between 12 & 2 pm. 
Over €800 euros worth of prize vouchers from Making Music.
Free enrty
5th August
Bank Holiday Weekend BBQ
During the August Bank Holiday weekend the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon.
5th August
Free Admission
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival takes place during the August Bank Holiday Weekend (4th-6th August 2017) The weekend combine’s three fantastic festivals in one great town to bring you a family fun weekend not to be missed.
4th -7th August
Free- Various
Duke Fest
This Bank Holiday Sunday 6th Aug 
we bring you the very first edition of 'DUKE FEST'
& we have a serious line up for you all....
Performing live on the night :S Club, Aqua - Rene Diff, Ultrabeat live performance , Flip'n'Fill live performance 
Stage times TBA,Doors open 8pm 
Admission only €5 
Arrive early to avoid queuing
BBQ available on the terrace
A night to reminisce to the hits of your youth :)
Sunday 6th August
€5 admission
Micro Banger and Dirt Fest
Irelands first Micro Banger dirt fest has come to Kildare. Admission €8
This is a 2 day event admission each day is €8  Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th july
5th – 6th August
€8 admission
Onsie Night
We are hosting a onesie night to raise money for Sceal Lorrharathcabbinand Lorrha first responders . Great nights entertainment...Dj Eoin Barry will be banging out a few tunes....guess the baby....Lorrha first responders will be selling tickets.... €5 entry on the night... spread the word.....all welcome
5th August
Admission €5
Ros a Mhíl regatta
Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 
5th -6th August
Free to Watch 
Galway Street Club

Galway’s favourite buskers have returned to Galway and they’re playing the Roisin Dubh. Come experience the energy and talent that draws huge crowds on Shop St, in the comfort of the Roisin… Not to be missed. Tickets are €5 and on sale now. Shows at 5 and another at 9!
5th August
€5 admission
Ballygar Festival
70th Anniversary. During the August Bank Holiday weekend, Ballygar Carnival Co Galway is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. On Friday the 1st August, Nathan Carter and his band will be appearing in the McDonagh Centre, as part of the festival.
The doors open at 9.30pm and the dance will start at 11.30pm. 
3rd- 8th August
Tickets- €15.00 

Open Mic Night
 Whether you are a comedian, dancer, opera-singer, magician, singer-songwriter, Bruce Willis look-a-like or anything else for that matter….come in and hone your talents at Open Night at Roisin Dubh. Just come on in and sign up! Our primary focus is to create a good atmosphere for people to come in and try out their ideas and to do so with encouragement. We believe this has been made possible by the truly fantastic crowds that have come in every Sunday over the past few years. Everyone is given attention, support and a chance to do their thing!Like the open mic, except bigger & fancier and with a €100 prize.
6th August
Free admission

Pride Parade
The 12th Annual Cork Pride Parade
From: 12 Noon-3pm at Grand Parade
Calling one….Calling all! The time has come to shed the dull and the drab and slip into something bold and brazen as we take to the streets of Cork to celebrate who we are in a spectacular technicoloured show of love and PRIDE! March with us as we make the streets of Cork come alive with a sprawling mass of magical floats, giant inflatables, double decker buses, live bands and DJ’s …and much…much…more! So let your voice be heard…
6th August
Free admission

Cottage Market
Old Creamery Yard, An exciting new venture in Kildorrery, The Creamery Yard Cottage Market will be home to locally grown and produced food and goods. #supportlocal
Kildorrery ,  Co Cork,Saturday
5th August , 11am-2pm
Tour de Kilkenny
Marble City Cyclers are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the Ninth edition of the Tour de Kilkenny on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, 5th August 2017. In the last eight years, Tour de Kilkenny has raised over €100,000 for charity and we hope that with your help, we can raise even more funds . As Tour de Kilkenny is now running a 20km, 70km, 120km and 160km route, there is a route to cater for cyclist of all abilities meaning this is a great day out for the family, a group of friends or work colleagues. Or why not make a weekend out of it and enjoy the famous nightlife and hospitalities that Kilkenny city has to offer. All four routes will be leaving the Kilkenny Rugby Club, with the 160km & 120km participants leaving together at 9am and the 70km participants leaving at 11am. The family 20km will leave at 11:30am. Sign-on (which is obligatory, even for those who registered online) is opened at the Kilkenny Rugby Club from 7pm to 9pm on the night before the cycle (Friday evening, 4th August 2017) and on the morning of the cycle – from 7:30 am to 8:40am for 160km & 120km participants and until 10:45am for 70km & 20km participants.
5th August
Free to Watch

Graignamanagh River Regatta
Plenty of activities for the whole family - cot racing, swimming, diving, rope across the river, bbq
6th Augutst
Free admission
Food & Craft Fair- Durrow Scarecrow Festival
The Food & Craft Fair will take place on every day over the course of the Festival.
5th 6th August
Free Admission
Summer Sunday Music - Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band
Start Date: 06 August 2017 - End Date: 06 August 2017, Time: 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Antrim Castle Gardens
Free Sunday band concert at Antrim Castle Gardens. Part of our 'Summer Sunday Music' programme.
Notes: This is an outdoor event. Please come prepared for the weather.
Actual bands and programme may change at short notice.
Performances may be cancelled in the event of wet weather.
6th August
Free Admission.
Newcastle Festival of Flight Returns in 2017!
5th August
Free Admission

Belfast Pride
The Belfast Pride Parade is our biggest opportunity of the year to celebrate who we are, to give positive affirmation to each other and to make a protest about the rights we still don’t have.
the party atmosphere at the pre-parade build up from 11.30am at the Albert Clock before the Belfast Pride Parade 2017 sets off at 1.00pm sharp from Custom House Square.
All organised groups and floats need to register individually, in advance through our website.
5th August
Free Admission
Kite Festival
Ownhill Demesne is the stunning backdrop for the colourful Kite Festival. It will feature kite performers, kite making, stunt kites and an animal petting farm that will make this a weekend not to be missed. To add to the carnival atmosphere there will be a kids' craft area, inflatables, quad-pod rides, segways, craft and food stalls and much more.
5th – 6th August
Adults: £4.95- Children: £2.50
BBQ at Enniskillen Rugby Club
EVERYONE WELCOME . 2ND annual BBQ at Enniskillen Rugby Club. Tickets only £10.00 per person. Disco and Raffle on the night. Funds to help bring back road racing to Enniskillen! Come along for some good food and music. Tickets can be purchased through club members or online at : Online Tickets will be sent by email Overnight parking available. space for camping/campervan/caravan or however you roll :-D (BBQ ticket holders only) This event is being run by Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club (Road Racing) Ltd. all proceeds in aid of reviving Enniskillen Road Races.
£10 Admission
5th August
Lough Erne 2017
(Ireland longest running Marathon Swim 1991 – 2017)
In conjunction with the National 17K & 25 K (Swim Ireland) 
We will have the following selection of events on the same day
17 k or 25k 2/3 Person Relays
10k Skins / Wetsuit 
5k Skins / Wetsuit
750 m & 1500m Swims 
Online registration live on the 01 November 2016
 5th August
Free To watch
Blues on the Hill festival
Join us for the annual Blues on the Hill festival taking place on the Hill of the O'Neill; a stunning location at one of the most important heritage sites in the whole of Ulster.Take in the fantastic panoramic views as you enjoy music from the headline act Band of Friends, winners of 'Best Band' at the European Blues Awards in 2013. This is a band whose members played with and helped define the music of the legendary Rory Gallagher and who continue to bring his music to life on stage for fans all over the world today.A full bar and barbecue will be available during this event which starts at 16:00. Tickets can be purchased in advance at a reduced rate of £10 or bought at the gate on the day for £15.
5th August
Admission £10 advance

Kilrush Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
10am –1p.m Set Dancing Workshop with Mike Mahony at Teach Ceoil
11a.m. Street Session in the Square.
2.30p.m.-5.30p.m. Ceili in the Square with Johnny Reidy Céilí Band
8p.m. Traditional Concert at Teach Cheoil plus local artists 
Sunday  6th Aug
2p.m. Session with Inis Cathaigh in the Square
7p.m-9.30p.m. Ceili in the Square with the Five Counties Ceili Band.
5th 6th 7th August
Free- Various
Festival of Fun
Welcome to Ireland's only festival which is completely dedicated to fun and making you smile. Four fun-filled days over August Bank Holiday weekend filled with something for everyone. Highlights include the famous Pig Races; the wonderful Cultural Parade; the lakeside Bar-B-Que and the Dan O'Halloran 10km Fun Run and Cycle. All events are family friendly
€5 entry – Various

Spraoi Parade
From the Devil’s Bit to the Quays of Waterford the river Suir journeys from an ankle-deep stream to the mighty Atlantic. Be it cascading over weirs, meandering through pools or pushing under stone bridges the Suir constantly journeys through our lives. From source to sea it teems with fish and fowl, carrying memories and stories until it disappears into the ocean at Hook Head. Join us for the 25th Spraoi Parade as we explore the stories and images of this everchanging river, Sunday August 6th 9.30pm! For the Spraoi Parade and Fireworks there will be a specially cordoned off viewing area for the physically disabled and those with special needs on The Quays at the bottom of Keizer Street. The area will be accessible by vehicle from the Reginald’s Tower end of The Quays up to 9pm.
Sunday 6th August
Free to Watch
Vintage and Arts Festival in Birr
Annual week long Vintage and Arts Festival in Birr, Co. Offaly. 
Celebrating its 49th year in 2017, the Festival offers a week of top entertainment! Packed week; Visual & performance Arts, artisan craft & food market, Vintage Parade, live music, free kids events, busking, donkey derby, pub entertainment, fireworks, and so much more...
FESTIVAL INFO LINE: 087 922 6961 
4th – 11th August
Free- Various
Family activities in Portaferry Visitor Information Centre
Each Saturday afternoon in July & August enjoy free family activities in Portaferry Visitor Information Centre - get a gorgeous glitter tattoo, be amazed at the magic show or join a Science Workshop in this ever changing programme of free family fun.
Saturday 5 August - Science Workshop and Glitter Tattoos
Mayo Manchester Tradfest
This award-winning six day festival celebrates Irish music and dance, and features over 500 artists performing at over 100 events in six different hubs across Mayo.
One of the highlights of the festival is a very special gala concert at Westport Theatre to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town.
World class artists from Mayo to Manchester are very excited to perform at the fifth instalment of the annual festival which particularly welcomes families to take part in the unique celebrations. 
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Síamsa Sráide Swinford
Síamsa Sráide Swinford is a summer street festival with open-air Céilí, Dancing, Heritage Day and International Busking Competitions. There are also history walks and talks, poetry recitals, a childrens programme and sport. This year the festival takes place from Friday 4th August 2017 to the 9th August 2017.The month of August is generally the highpoint of the holiday season and where better to spend your holiday than in Swinford. Síamsa Sráide means “Fun on the Street” and is the ideal family festival for recessionary times, with 6 days and nights of FREE entertainment. The festival is a loose collection of cultural, artistic, musical, historical & heritage, sporting and children's events. Obviously our programme depicts regional and cultural variations typical to east Mayo. It is in these differences that we show our individuality and unique heritage. It is essentially a music festival also. Síamsa Sráide is a complete package, where you can dip in and out, cherry-picking whichever events that seem fun and convenient.
Killybegs Annual Regatta
The Regatta takes place in the largest fishing port in Ireland, Killybegs, Co.Donegal on the;
6th of August @ 1pm. 
Horse racing event
We are organising our annual horse racing event in Murvagh, Ballintra Co.Donegal, on the August bank holiday Monday the 7th, commencing at 2pm. It is a community run event with all proceeds donated to local charities. Its great day out for all the family. Entry is €10 for adults and children go free. We would really appreciate if you would consider including our event in your map of cheap and free things to do.
If you would like to contact me you can get me on 0879600275
Family fun day, Meade Potato Company
After a successful Family Fun Day debut last year and two years of boot stomping music & craic at the Hoedown in Lobinstown, both events return to the Meade Potato Company farm and food production facility in Lobinstown, Co. Meath on Sat. 5th Aug. and Sun. 6th Aug. for a farm festival weekend not to be missed.  All this good old fashioned fun is in aid of the local schools Heronstown N.S. and Newtown N.S. (Family Fun Day) and the local GAA (Hoedown in Lobinstown).  
Family Fun Day on the Farm
On Saturday 5th Aug. from noon to 3pm, children can dance to country tunes, enter the mini tractor grand prix, take a pony ride, have a bounce on a selection of bouncy castles, get their faces painted, enjoy the farm animals, kick hot shots and take a tour of the farm and food production facility to learn more about the farm to fork journey of fresh produce.
Admission is €5 per child and includes all of the above activities, and free entries into a draw to win an annual family membership pass for Tayto Park.  A BBQ stand and ice cream van will also offer families great value to make this a fun day that’s easy on the pocket but high in the fun stakes for all the family.  The car park opens at 11:30am so get there early is the advice to ensure you enjoy every minute of the farm fun that’s on offer this bank holiday weekend.
Saturday 5th Aug
€5 per child
Old Fair Day
Meet Old Friends and make new ones at one of the longest established Old Fair Days in Ireland. 
We are very excited to be entering our 32nd year, becoming one of the leading fair day festivals in the country and have always stood strong to our mission, “To organise a festival for Sligo that provides fun and entertainment while showcasing our traditional heritage and crafts”.
Events during the festival include street entertainment, open air bands, RSA Roadshow, family fun day and lots more. 
Come along and see our recreation of the traditional Fair Day in our Craft Village with local artisan foods, animals, vintage and heritage displays.

The Suir Valley 3 Day is a 3 Day International Cycling
The Suir Valley 3 Day is a 3 Day International Cycling Event on the August Bank Holiday Weekend in Clonmel Ireland
Free Admission
Pete Walsh Lough Key Boat Regatta
We are holding the annual Pete Walsh Lough Key Boat Regatta this August in aid of SHOUT. All are welcome to join, we will meet in Lough Key at the harbour at 5:30pm. Anyone wishing to come aboard on the Trinity or any of the boats we would be delighted to have you. All boats are to sail and beside Castle Island to mark and tribute at 5.45pm. Boats - We meet all other boat vessels beside Castle Island to sound horns at exactly 6.00pm. If you can't be there please sound your horn at exactly 6:00pm where ever you are to remember Pete and all those we have lost to Cancer and all those who are fighting Cancer at the moment. Everyone is welcome and we would love you to join us in remembrance of the Captain Pete in his favourite place on the beautiful Lake of Lough Key and to raise funds to help others locally. If anyone needs anything please drop us a mail via Facebook
5th August

Free Family Fun Day
You are invited to a free family funday! We had such a great day last year we cant wait for this one!
Bouncy Castles, Mega Slide, Icecream,Facepainting,Balloon Modelling
Food, Fun and lots of extras!
We will be based inside and outside on the day. All around our main vibe building in Armagh.Open for all the family and make sure to invite a friend :)
5th August
Free Admission
Live Music at Leitrim Marina Hotel
Call in next weekend for some fab bank holiday food plus music from 10 pm Sunday.
Free admission
6th August
Take off your cowboy hats and brown shoes because there will be no country music allowed. THE BLOCK PARTY returns August Bank Holiday for another huge outdoor party with Bozo and friends. EXPECT: *DJ's *Henna Tattos *Multiple marquees *Party tunes *Facepaint *Photographer *Techno & House *Drink deals & MUCH MORE Last time the doors were locked at 10pm so arrive early to guarantee entry x See you soon Monaghan.
Admission before 10pm
6th August.
The Lough Ree Monster Festival 2017
The Lough Ree Monster Festival 2017 takes place at Lanesborough from July 28th until August 7th. Plans are in place for a really fun festival with a huge range of events and activities happening over the August bank holiday weekend. The Lough Ree Monster will arrive to Lanesborough by water from Newtowncashel for an exciting unveiling on Friday August 4th. The festival will begin with ‘The Lough Ree Monster’ performed by Newtowncashel Drama Group at St Mary’s Hall, Lanesborough on Friday, 28th & Saturday, 29th July.
Keep the kids busy with the Youth Disco on Friday 4th August and the arrival of the Lough Ree Monster to Lanesborough/Ballyleague Clubs Night Out and dancing to Cliona Hagan and her band. On Saturday night, dance the night away with Mike Denver and his band. On Sunday 6th August, we’ll bid farewell to the festival with a fireworks display followed by AC/DC Tribute band, IE/DC followed by a disco til late.
28 July - 7 August
Free- Various
The An Poc Fada
Venue: Annaverna Mountain
The An Poc Fada is a strange and wonderful sport in Irish camogie and hurling which puts the skills of players to the test off of the pitch...and on to the mountains. 
In Co Louth, at An Fhána Mór, competitors have to puck a sliothar (a small leather ball used in Gaelic games) to the top of Annaverna Moutain, or, An Céide, with a hurley. Then, they have to race along, all the time knocking the sliothar further and further ahead, until they get to Carn an Mhadaidh. Then, there's a little downhill respite as the players speed ahead to An Ghabhlán before finishing back at An Fhána Mór. The player who finishes the course in the fewest number of pucks wins. xx
The entire course is about 5km, and it is punishing. The players don't take it at a jog - it's a fierce sprint. As ancient gaelic games are played in the ancient mountains where the likes of Setanta, himself fond of his hurley and sliothar once roamed, you feel a sense of history. Watch these players reach out to their distant past through the medium of sport. 
Admission Free
5th August

Spraoi Chiarrai
Spraoi Chiarrai now entering its 13th season returns this summer to thrill and entertain audiences with a selection of Fee Concerts both indoor and outdoor over the summer months. Spraoi Chairraí is an Irish Traditional Performance Collective based in Killarney presenting the finest young performers in Traditional Irish Music, Song Dance & Storytelling. They have had great success in recent years and this year celebrate their 13th Birthday.  Open to all, this free family entertainment is brought to you by Kerry County Council (Community Support Fund & Arts Act Grant) main sponsor, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Kerry Gems, and St Mary Church of Ireland Killarney Vestry Committee in association with Killarney House & Gardens and The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs. The Free Concerts will take place in two venues in the town. The already established venue of St Marys Church of Ireland and new for this year the outdoor concerts will take place at the wonderful environs of Killarney House & Gardens.  The Concerts will feature a wide range of performance including Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute & Whistle, Irish Uileann Pipes, Guitar, Bodhrán and Vocals together with (Irish Dancing & Storytelling Killarney House Outdoor Only).
5th August
Free admission
West meath
Disco To Disco Bank Holiday Sunday Yard Party with JOHN DALY
Super extra bonus yard party this coming bank holiday sunday with JOHN DALY
IAN HART This is an absolutely FREE event and a chance to see one of Irelands finest selectors along with tip top local dj's
6PM kick off in the BeerTent
Free Admission
6th August

Coillte welcomes over eighteen million visitors to its forests each year. There are ten forest parks and more than 150 recreation sites for you and your family to enjoy. With major landholdings across the country, Coillte owns the longest trail network in Ireland. They provide some of Ireland’s best outdoor family recreation opportunities from walking and hiking to mountain biking and from family picnics to fishing and nature watching, it’s all out there for you to enjoy.
Coillte manages many recreational sites throughout Ireland full of different features and numerous activities. You can search for a Recreational Site near you or an Activity Trail.
So wax your boots (or oil your bike) and head for the outdoors this weekend with all the family.Welcome to Ireland’s biggest outdoor playground. It boasts one million acres of lush forests, wild bogs, magical mountains, flowing rivers, and beautiful beaches - all waiting to be enjoyed and explored!
So get out and discover the fun of the forest!!
Just to note - All access to our forests is by permission. You are welcome to walk in all forests and to cycle in designated forests. We can give you a permit for most other activities or if you want to hold events. Keep an eye out for signs where we might be working in the forest - we will usually show you an alternate route for your walk or cycle.
 Free Various
Open All year
Fun Run
Sunday 6 August 2017
€10 for adults, €5 for U16's
You Can’t Feel What You Feel
Investigating themes of empathy, sensation and connection to place, McGuinness has worked with Carlow Youth Theatre members to create a performance intervention for VISUAL’s gallery spaces.
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Saturday 10 June - 3pm 
*Free but ticketed - Please call Box Office on 059 917 2400 to secure a place
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